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  MattWill
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Queen of the Lot. It's hilarious - and dramatic. Indie film with a cool cast, especially David Proval - Richie Aprile from the Sopranos.
Somebody gave me a Blu-ray copy of the new Criterion Collection - America Lost And Found: The BBS Story. It's got Easy Rider, Five Easy Pieces, Drive He Said, A Safe Place and The King of Marvin Gardens. Unfortunately, I'm living in the dark ages and I don't own a Blu-ray player yet. I'll have to get one soon. I really want to see all of these movies.
07/11/2011
9:24 pm CT


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  Chris Kavan
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Fish Tank - An exception gritty slice-of-life drama. It's a bit on the depressing side of things, but I loved the performances.

Sucker Punch - I know I only gave this a 2.5, but I like Zach Snyder, so I splurged on the Blu-Ray special edition. If anything, it looks slick on the high-def format. The additional footage doesn't add too much, but the soundtrack is phenomenal. It's pretty much a live-action video game put on film with a bit of Alice in Wonderland thrown in, but I would at least recommend renting this.
07/08/2011
2:34 pm CT


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  Daniel Corleone
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It's liek comparing Lawrence of Arabia vs. Gladiator, real locations still beats CGI.  more epic looking.  Hands off though to the CGI creators, it looked realistic.

Try watching Godfather II & III for the life story of Michael Corleone.  It's like the rise and fall of an empire :-)

07/04/2011
9:14 pm CT


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  Chris Kavan
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Two Korean films I saw on Netflix:

I Saw the Devil - A fantastic revenge / thriller that isn't afraid to show some pretty bloody action up close and personal. But it's the characters, not the gore, that really makes this film stand out.

Mother (Madeo) - Shows how far one mother will go to protect her son. Another film where the characters really make it work.

As long as you don't have a problem with subtitles, I recommend both films.
06/30/2011
3:34 pm CT


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  The Eye
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Three of the many, many movies on DVD I've been buying and watching lately are The Way Back with Ed Harris, Jim Sturgess, Colin Farrell and Saoirse Ronan & others -- a fantastic film and I wrote and posted a review of it in here.  I've watched it 3 times and have yet to tire of it.  Really a great movie.

And there's The Other Man (see my review of it in here, too, if you like).  I loved the movie and thought it had a lot more to it than I would have guessed before seeing it. 

With Liam Neeseon & Antonio Banderas, a girl has just got to love it.  

And I have such a good wise-crack about my ovaries wearing themselves out trying to spit eggs...  but I'd best not use it.

Seriously, though, there is a lot more to the movie than a pile of farcical fluff.  It actually has meaning to it and a mystery to be solved as it plays out.

The other one for which I put in a review was The Muse, with Sharon Stone & a cast of several other well-knowns, but I don't really know why I bothered...  because it's 12 years old, and I'm wondering who cares about a decade + old movie, but it's kind of a light, cute & amusing look at the way things seem to work in Hollywood...














 

06/27/2011
5:26 pm CT


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  ScaryGerry
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Hawthorne Season 2. Jada Pinkett Smith plays Christine Hawthorne, chief nursing officer at Trinity Hospital in Richmond, VA. Hawthorne essentially runs the ER, so most of the department's problems, big or small, fall under the scope of her radar. Her personality is a big part of the plot, so the show itself is fierce just like her. This role suits her perfectly. I've always appreciated Jada Pinkett Smith for being such a tough babe.   Mostly a serious hospital drama, but also with hints of humor.  Overall, an entertaining and inspiring show. I have been watching Season 2, which just came out on DVD and Season 3, which just started on TNT. I recommend giving it a watch!


Breaking Bad Season 3. One of the best shows on TV. Season 4 is about to get underway, with Season 3 having just been released on DVD & Blu-ray. If you have seen the show, then you know how awesome it is. The plot follows Walt, a high school chemistry teacher, who is forced to use his chemistry genius to cook Meth after he finds out he is (potentially) terminally ill. He partners up with a former student of his and business ultimately booms for them. I won't reveal too much more because I don't want to spoil things for potential watchers. Season 3 was great and I'm really looking forward to Season 4.

06/22/2011
2:43 pm CT


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  Chris Kavan
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True Grit - Yes I saw this in theaters, but if you haven't seen it yet, this is one of the best westerns to come out in quite awhile. The Coen Brothers know their craft, and the casting is pretty much as perfect as you can get. All I can say is see this one now. 06/15/2011
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  The Eye
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I've been buying boxes & padded envelopes full of DVDs from eBay because I've gotten thoroughly sick of Blockbuster's excruciatingly slow exchange program and the fact that they don't have a lot of titles that they should have to mail out... and the local B-Busters don't have enough copies of the new stuff -- or much good stuff -- to exchange for the mailed DVDs.

So I just decided to buy them where it's easier to get what I want and pay the same or less than I would to rent.

I've been watching 2 or 3 DVDs a day to catch up a little bit...

Sometimes, though, I have to say, one should be careful what he or she wishes for...

I was so hot to see RABBIT HOLE: because of the way it had been advertised... and it's not a bad movie, but... It's a difficult movie, and enjoyment is not what comes from it.

Nicole Kidman is wonderful in it, of course... but it's a sad movie about a difficult topic... and I honestly believe that every bereavement support group should have a copy of it to watch and examine and understand, because there is at least one singular beautiful message in it... having to do with forgiveness...

But it was hard to watch and a bit grueling at times.

But there have been some wonderful movies / films, some a little weird and surprising...

This morning, for example, I watched a 1992 movie called The Harvest with Miguel Ferrer -- it was a funny & actually very sexy movie in parts. Miguel was only 36 years old at that time and he was the original sexiest man in his family at the time. Though he was looking out for his little cousin George (Clooney) even then as Clooney got about a 5 second part in the flick as a lip-synching transvestite dancing in a gold lame bikini... now THAT's a must see right there!

I've always loved Miguel Ferrer -- he looks like he stepped right out of Jack Webb's forehead and I think someone missed the boat by not putting him in the role of Joe Friday in a remake of Dragnet...

In any case, The Harvest is an actually engaging expansion of an Urban myth with the addition of a little mescaline, erotica, Steven King and Alice and Wonderland...

I liked it. In fact, I liked it a lot.
06/15/2011
11:59 am CT


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  ScaryGerry
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Another Year

The more I watch Mike Leigh's films, the more I love his work. He is an absolute genius behind the camera. The first film I saw of his was Happy-Go-Lucky, another comedy, which I thought was brilliant. This film is a little more subtle in its brand of humor, but I thought that's what made it so great. Leigh has a way of making an otherwise mundane situation seem very interesting (if that makes sense). The character interaction is so interesting to watch. And further, each character has great depth. The viewer is able to infer a great deal about each character without explicitly being told his or her history. It's no wonder Leigh's script got an oscar nod (nomination).

Awesome film! I highly recommend. Just released on DVD in the US. Not sure about UK, though I imagine it's already out over there, as Leigh is a brit.     

06/15/2011
8:58 am CT


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  Bribaba
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13 Assassins

Takashi Mikke's rare foray into the mainstream is full of reverence for the genre, and not just the original on which this is based. The ghost of Kurosawa and his Seven Samurai floats lightly over this, and the final battle would grace any of Akira's films. It's beautifully shot and the period perfectly rendered. One of the truly great films of 2011.
06/01/2011
12:19 pm CT


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